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by Illissius
Wed Apr 25, 2007 10:22 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: BEST compact camera under 200 bucks
Replies: 46
Views: 15519

I have a Panasonic TZ1, and like it a lot. It's solidly built, easy to use, has a very seldomly rivaled 10X optical zoom for its size, a nice lens, and good looks too. Also, presumably due to the folded optics it uses, even at 10X zoom the lens doesn't extend any farther than most cameras with 3X zo...
by Illissius
Sun Jan 14, 2007 1:35 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic The Gathering - Planer Chaos
Replies: 25
Views: 5412

I havent played in a loooong time. I still have an unlimited mox ruby signed and an unlimited mox emerald. I also have a forcefeild, a signed Abyss, beta icestorms and sinkholes and some other pretty rare cards that I don't remember at the moment. Are any of these cards worth anything? Probly worth...
by Illissius
Tue Nov 07, 2006 4:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Post your desktop.....new
Replies: 64
Views: 14715

Image
by Illissius
Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:43 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: What browser do you use?
Replies: 46
Views: 8109

Opera, since about forever.
by Illissius
Sat Oct 21, 2006 5:42 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Quick -- which laptop do I buy?
Replies: 7
Views: 3045

I ended up getting a Thinkpad T41, and after some tribulations, most things now work. (I put Gentoo on it, primarily due to familiar evil being preferable). If I can get the last couple of issues ironed out, I quite like it. Super Smash Bros. works just fine with the Mobility 7500, which is the impo...
by Illissius
Tue Oct 17, 2006 1:45 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Quick -- which laptop do I buy?
Replies: 7
Views: 3045

Damnit. Another candidate: HP Compaq nc6000 14.1" XGA Dothan 1.6GHz 1GB RAM Radeon 9600 60GB HDD CDRW/DVD combo 2.3-2.7kg 140 000 Ft The 1GB RAM is nifty, so I don't have to bother with upgrading it manually. Anyone want to opine on the relative strength of the Dell Latitude, HP Compaq, and IBM Thin...
by Illissius
Mon Oct 16, 2006 3:58 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Quick -- which laptop do I buy?
Replies: 7
Views: 3045

I wouldn't count on much, if any, resale value for laptops like these. Note: Location: Hungary. P2 and P3 era laptops for sale are pretty common around here, and I'm buying one of these used, in fact. One reason for this vibrant aftermarket may be the 20% VAT on new goods, which is, in any case, th...
by Illissius
Mon Oct 16, 2006 3:17 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Quick -- which laptop do I buy?
Replies: 7
Views: 3045

Quick -- which laptop do I buy?

The contenders: IBM Thinkpad T40 14.1" XGA Centrino 1.5GHz (quoted verbatim -- no clue if this is Banias or Dothan) 512MB RAM Radeon 7500 40GB HDD CDRW/DVD combo 2.2kg 120 000 Ft ($1 is roughly 210 Ft) IBM Thinkpad T41 14.1" XGA Centrino 1.6GHz 512MB RAM Radeon 7500 40GB HDD CDRW/DVD combo 2.2kg ~8 ...
by Illissius
Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:37 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Around when did laptops switch from PATA to SATA?
Replies: 10
Views: 3281

Thanks for the input. Thankfully, though, the situation has been resolved by my parents lending me some money, which I will pay back once I sell my current rig, so I no longer have to follow the complicated procedure outlined in the first post.
by Illissius
Sun Oct 08, 2006 5:13 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Around when did laptops switch from PATA to SATA?
Replies: 10
Views: 3281

Oh, well, I forgot to mention that I don't have a computer at home -- the one I had is now in the dorm, and I'm intending to sell it for funds. So the laptop would be my primary and only computer. Various other family members have computers at home (which is what I'm using now), but -- asides from b...
by Illissius
Sat Oct 07, 2006 2:17 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Around when did laptops switch from PATA to SATA?
Replies: 10
Views: 3281

I don't know. I've come to really hate having to lug lots of stuff around all the time, which is why I don't like the idea of an external drive. The more stuff I have to lug around and fiddle with, the less happy I am. Having just the single notebook to carry would be simple and easy, and I would pr...
by Illissius
Sat Oct 07, 2006 8:56 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Around when did laptops switch from PATA to SATA?
Replies: 10
Views: 3281

Around when did laptops switch from PATA to SATA?

Short version: See topic. Long version: I intend to get a notebook sometime in the near future, as it seems far more practical at this point than my current desktop PC (limited space in dorm, going home for weekends, etc.). By my calculations, if I sell my desktop, I'll have enough money to buy a fa...
by Illissius
Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:44 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: New drive in old computer (problems)
Replies: 6
Views: 2289

Thanks for the help. The solution turned out to be setting the "Limit Drive Capacity to 32GB" jumper. I hadn't previously considered this, as I assumed it did what it said it does, as opposed to "[ ] If Your BIOS Sucks, Check Here".
by Illissius
Thu Sep 07, 2006 9:45 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: New drive in old computer (problems)
Replies: 6
Views: 2289

New drive in old computer (problems)

Background: My sister and I used to have an arrangement where, as the drive in her computer is pretty small (2GBish), all the music was stored on mine, and shared over samba. This worked great. Then, a few days ago, I moved off to a dorm for uni, and took my computer with me -- so I bought a new 80G...
by Illissius
Sat Aug 19, 2006 10:08 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What games are you playing lately?
Replies: 85
Views: 20985

Mario Kart 64
by Illissius
Thu Aug 10, 2006 7:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: magic the gathering
Replies: 14
Views: 2632

lethal wrote:
Illissius wrote:
You can check here. Some of the old Alpha/Beta stuff is ridiculously expensive. Notably, Black Lotus is over a grand.


I've seen 2k online for a mint black lotus :o .

Here, for example?
I'm sure it's been for much more than that, even.
by Illissius
Thu Aug 10, 2006 6:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: magic the gathering
Replies: 14
Views: 2632

You can check here. Some of the old Alpha/Beta stuff is ridiculously expensive. Notably, Black Lotus is over a grand.
by Illissius
Sun Aug 06, 2006 4:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Albums you disliked the first time around but grew on you...
Replies: 46
Views: 10562

The problem I have with Avril Lavigne's songs are that they all sound the same. So much so, that in a thread somewhere else on this forum, I wrote a checklist for a avril lavigne music video. It went something like: ... I didn't like Under My Skin, IMO it isn't as good as Let Go. And now I don't pa...
by Illissius
Sun Aug 06, 2006 6:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Albums you disliked the first time around but grew on you...
Replies: 46
Views: 10562

Something like half my music falls into this category. Mer de Noms by A Perfect Circle sounded like random psychedelic noises at first; now it's my favorite album. Other bands and albums which sounded like noise before coalescing into music: dEUS, Under My Skin by Avril Lavigne (shoot me, if you wis...
by Illissius
Wed Aug 02, 2006 2:22 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: So who decided to bite?
Replies: 33
Views: 9176

I'll likely be upgrading from my 3000+ to an X2 3800+ just as soon as this damned backwater country wakes up to the fact that AMD cut its prices.
by Illissius
Mon Jul 31, 2006 3:37 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: GNOME or KDE?
Replies: 20
Views: 6641

Re: GNOME or KDE?

KDE is more configurable and tweakable, and you can turn it into just about anything you want. GNOME has more of an emphasis on perfect defaults and an Apple-like zen. Essentially, go with KDE for power and flexibility, or GNOME for beauty and simplicity. (This is not to say either is deficient in t...
by Illissius
Wed Jul 26, 2006 6:53 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kyle vs Charlie - Who got the biggest ego?
Replies: 28
Views: 4687

You act like an idiot. Charlie calls you an idiot. The surprise is where?
by Illissius
Tue Jul 25, 2006 8:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How long have you had brand prejudice?
Replies: 79
Views: 12100

I've hated Sony ever since they ousted Nintendo with their PlayStation shovelware. Which may have been unreasonable criteria, but everything they've done since has only reinforced it. (My reaction to the rootkit fiasco was not rage or fury, only a complete lack of surprise.) I also don't like ATI. D...
by Illissius
Mon May 29, 2006 5:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3552
Views: 524789

R.E.M. - The One I Love
by Illissius
Fri May 19, 2006 12:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3552
Views: 524789

Tool - Rosetta Stoned see sig Word. I'm very partial to "Right in Two". I think I'm going through being partial to each of them in turn. First it was Vicarious, then Right in Two, now Wings for Marie... next, maybe Jambi. I expect it'll take a while to figure out which my favorite is 8). Nice choic...
by Illissius
Fri May 19, 2006 10:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3552
Views: 524789

Tool - Rosetta Stoned
see sig
by Illissius
Thu May 18, 2006 8:17 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux? Desktop? You're kidding me.
Replies: 60
Views: 17816

Re: Linux? Desktop? You're kidding me.

1. The graphics drivers aren't that good for Linux. True, for the most part. Not all hardware is well supported. There are some very understandable reasons for this, which you've no doubt heard too many times already, so I won't repeat them here. The only real solution -- short of improving it your...
by Illissius
Wed May 17, 2006 2:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: A little respect, please
Replies: 80
Views: 15041

Re: A little respect, please

14! Now, seeing who has the most votes by a runaway margin doesn't surprise me... It does me. Personally, I was expecting Slashdot. And I had somehow accepted that Tom's is the most popular hardware site, but that it's 10 times more so than the next closest is frightening and inexplicable. (If it we...
by Illissius
Tue May 16, 2006 2:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What book are you currently reading?
Replies: 209
Views: 52809

I'm working through the Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons. Second time through, so I'm reading much more closely and picking up all sorts of stuff I missed the first time through. Next up is a re-read of all 6 original Dune novels. Great books, all of them. The Hyperion Cantos is among my favorites. D...
by Illissius
Wed May 10, 2006 6:55 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What's Going To Be Your Next-Gen Console?
Replies: 31
Views: 5689

Wii, because I can afford it, and Nintendo is way cool. 360 possibly, if it comes down in price or I get rich, because some of these new games look **** incredible*, and I'd like at least one system which can play them. (I have a fear that Wii won't, but would gladly be proven wrong.) (PS3, if I win...
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